Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is the primary school system in Mecklenburg County. It's public, and it has more than 148,000 students and 175 schools throughout the county. It's also one of the biggest employers in the county, with more than 19,000 teachers and other workers. It's the second largest school system in North Carolina, behind only Wake County. CMS is governed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

Superintendent Earnest Winston told the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Wednesday that his request for a $37 million increase from the county probably isn’t realistic. 


About 900 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees who are staffing school grab-and-go meal sites and other essential on-site duties will get time-and-a-half pay starting Monday.


The state Board of Education is handing out $25 million in COVID-19 relief money to schools using an unusual formula that shuts out Mecklenburg County. That has local lawmakers baffled and angry.

Want to give the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board your thoughts on the budget or the coronavirus closing plan? If all goes well, members of the public will be able to use Zoom to offer three-minute comments at Wednesday's board meeting.


When the coronavirus pandemic forced public schools across America to close, each had to find its own way to quickly reinvent itself.

McClintock Middle School in southeast Charlotte faces some big challenges, and has a powerhouse partner helping out.


At the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s last in-person meeting to talk about coronavirus responses, at-large member Jennifer De La Jara was absent. She now says that was because COVID-19 had reached her home. 

As students and teachers across North Carolina grappled with distance learning this week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board held its first all-electronic meeting Tuesday.

If you've been working from home and trying new technology, you can probably guess how that went.


It was a strange morning in the Olde Providence parking lot Wednesday, what with the suit of armor wearing a surgical mask and the teachers whooping it up like it was Friday night before a big game.

Then again, there haven’t been any normal days at the south Charlotte elementary school or anywhere else, with schools closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools pulled the plug on spring proms Tuesday night, as the county prepares to go on stay-home orders to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston wants an additional $36.8 million from the county for the coming school year. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s student representative is getting a lot of public love after he grilled the adults in the room at an emergency board meeting this week.

Jacquelyn Gates Singleton picked up a cardboard box full of breakfasts and lunches for her children, at North Mecklenburg High School.
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With classes canceled because of the coronavirus scare, schools around the Charlotte region began handing out free take-home meals Tuesday, hoping to plug the gap for families that rely on school food programs. 

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Updated to reflect Monday night's CMS board meeting.

Last week schools across North Carolina and South Carolina hummed with energy of students learning.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Friday to move up spring break in hopes of buying time to prepare for possible longer closings.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified families Thursday evening that all sports, competitions and school-based performances are canceled as the coronavirus pandemic reaches Mecklenburg County.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has canceled all field trips and all staff travel outside of the county  as concerns about the coronavirus spread. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has canceled international field trips through July and limited domestic travel for staff because of the coronavirus.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.

Gun possession in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spiked to 22 cases in 13 schools last school year, according to a report presented to the state Board of Education this week. And that’s not even counting a fatal shooting at Butler High in October 2018.


Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are trying to get the community thinking about the future of school construction, even as they seek more money for the projects already approved.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Tuesday to scale back the size of three new high schools that are part of a 2017 bond package. And CMS staff says there will still be a surplus of more than 4,000 high school seats when those new schools open.